Lady Danger

There are a lot of vintage pieces in my closet. Some of the sauciest come directly from my stepmother, who was a bit of a wild child in her day.¬†Case in point, this Calvin Klein lace body suit from the 80’s. It’s beautiful, surprisingly comfortable and the kind of thing that never goes out of style. No matter what you pair it with it adds a feeling of lady danger and feminine mystique‚Ķ and you never know when you’re gonna need to unleash that on the public.
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I’ve added a simple leather moto jacket by BB Dakotah and mixed metals; a Long Key Necklace and L’avenir¬†silver¬†fringe earrings.

-Jen D

Photography | Michael Houser 


Favorite Things // Capriccio Bracelet

The Capriccio Bracelet, from our latest collection of statement pieces captured our hearts with it’s versatility and elegance.¬†Centered around a charming vintage brooch, this bracelet commands attention from across the room. The intensely vibrant rhinestones catches light at every angle, and¬†an understated mix of antiqued chains adds¬†depth and character. ¬†Capriccio Bracelet | L'avenir Capriccio Bracelet | L'avenir Photos |¬†Garrett Born¬†// H&MU |¬†Jen Des Lauriers¬†// Styling | Joan Born // Model |¬†Lydia Mae

The source

Many of our designs happen organically from our base materials. Start with a stunning centerpiece and build around it, add on, refine, tweak and we are left with something entirely new and different. For our line of key necklaces we started with our muse and our materials, added, subtracted, redesigned and perfected. Key necklaces and the materials that make them | L'avenirA staple in our collection and lovable wardrobe addition, these pieces are making the rounds. We recently came across an impressive collection of antique skeleton keys that are just begging to be redesigned.Skeleton Key Collection | L'avenirStay tuned as these pretties transform themselves {#anatomyofaskeletonkey} into a new batch of one kind necklaces and hit the online shop.

Photos by Garrett Born Photography 

Style // Mixed Prints


Sometimes I can’t help but break the rules a little. Prints on prints has always made me swoon, even if in the subtlest way.
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I do – You do.

The beginning of the year always has us prepping for wedding season. As we dug out our cream of the crop rhinestone pieces and all the white, off-white, cream and blush fabrics, inspiration started to flow. L’avenir’s Minneapolis headquarters has honed in on some beautiful statement earrings, while Seattle’s main focus has been on feathery fascinators and intricate beading.



While we have our strengths in different arenas, we use team work and communicate daily to allow for creativity to harness itself. If the juices are flowing over there on jewelry, hand sewing might be what’s working here. Apart, we are able to collaborate in a new and exciting way, our creativity being fueled with differing perspectives. You can watch the process unfold through our Instagram account and find these pieces in person exclusively at Via’s Vintage.

Winter Warmth // A send off to 2013

As the days sped closer and closer to the New Year, we couldn’t help but find ourselves contemplating the year past. ¬†Jen and I have had such a build up as we entered our second year as L’avenir. With changes abound in our personal and professional lives, each day we become ever grateful for the creative outlet we have in this brand and this blog.l'avenir_holiday-113

Before I made my move to Seattle, Jen, Garrett and I were shooting some holiday style shots for the website. As our last shot of the day we had Lydia in a fabulous Lilly Ann coat from Via’s Vintage¬†and a few of our latest accessories. As it usually happens we get a some our favorite shots of the day towards the end, these are the photos when your collective vision shines through and it just seems to get beautiful.

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Photos |¬†Garrett Born¬†// H&MU |¬†Jen Des Lauriers¬†// Styling | Joan Born // Model |¬†Lydia Mae¬†¬†// Coat | Via’s Vintage // Hat | Bracelet | Turban | Earrings¬†

It almost feels kismet, having the pleasure of shooting in Jen’s new salon space {The Salon at Get Lazed} with her on hair and makeup as usual. Using pieces from Via’s, our first Minneapolis location and by far our biggest supporter through the beginning of this brand. Working with Garrett who has come so far with us, since some of our first shots together, and never ceases to impress us with his eye. We also welcomed back the beautiful Lydia Mae, who wowed us this spring. The day was such a good wrap up to a fantastic year together, we thank you kindly for following us through it all, and we are ever hopeful for what 2014 has in store for us.

Happy New Year!

Joan & Jen 

Anatomy of a Skeleton Key #2

Happy Friday! We are taking a little break from spreading a ton of holiday cheer to sit down and make some chain. Lately we can’t seem to check it off the to-do list because it keeps popping back on there as soon as we get it done in the first place. No complaints here, once you get in the rhythm it becomes a therapeutic project. Check out this weeks bit’s and pieces coming together into a stack of new designs.

You can find the story behind them {here} and follow the process as it unfolds on Instagram {#anatomyofaskeletonkey}